Here is an interesting recap of how the attempts to set up a sugar production facility in Armenia failed. It is Kafkaesque but that's the reality of how things are done in the country.
[...] The ASC continued to work closely with the Armenian Government, and letters of support were received from Karen Tschmaritian, Minister of Trade and industry, David Lokian, Minister of Agriculture, Hovik Abrahamyan, Minister for Territorial Affairs, Merujian Michaelian, Deputy Minister of Finance & Economy, Serzh Sargsyan, Minister of Defence and Armenian Representative of the Armenian Russian Commission for inter-Governmental Development, and yes, a letter from President Kocharian, who committed his full support to the project.[...]Read the full story on Khosq.
[...] By 2003, together with Sudeco International, the Armenia Sugar Corporation had committed major financial and human resources to the project, a full business plan had been prepared, in English and in Russian, and a 62-hectare site was approved for the factory to be built near to Akhurian in the Shirak Marz. The project was submitted to Tigran Davtian, Deputy Minister of Trade & Industry (now Minister of Finance), who was to register the project on behalf of the Government, as per resolution of the Presidential Commission of January 2002. But Davtian would not even look at the project, let alone register it so that it could proceed. Davtian said: ‘Bring a Mitsubishi to me and I might consider an application'. For that reason, and because of repeated rebuffs by the Armenia authorities, to date Armenia does not have a sugar industry. And despite Robert Kocharian showing off what he promised would be yet another new sugar factory in the run-up to the recent Presidential election, he will not allow a new sugar industry, because it would jeopardize the tens of millions of dollars his man gets each year from cheap, low-quality imported sugar.[...]